Posted on: February 21, 2013
Dispensing Advice and Information
By Tony Luppino, R.Ph, Director of Pharmacy, Northern Westchester Hospital
Medications save lives—there’s no question about that. But prescription drugs are powerful substances that, taken at an incorrect quantity, time or mixed with other medications, can be harmful or even deadly.
Unfortunately, medication errors happen. Side effects from prescription mistakes can lead to serious health risks that may result in a trip to the emergency room, and unnecessary hospital trips raise the cost of medical care for everyone. Trouble creeps in when you need multiple prescriptions: It’s easy for the elderly—or even younger people—to forget whether they’ve taken their medications or become confused about prescribing instructions. Protecting yourself requires care—and the help of your doctor and pharmacist.